Driver crushed a pedestrian’s leg in Renishaw crash

A crash victim has been left crippled after an out-of-control motorist smashed into him.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard, on November 13, how VW Polo driver Lora Eaton, 24, of Fenton Street, Eckington, collided with pedestrian Carl Stirland as he walked on a pavement on Station Road, Renishaw.

Carl Stirland, 38, of Eckington, who was left seriously injured after a driver crashed into him.

Carl Stirland, 38, of Eckington, who was left seriously injured after a driver crashed into him.

Mr Stirland, whose right leg was crushed, told the court: “This incident has affected me in so many ways and will continue do so probably for the rest of my life.”

The 38-year-old, of Eckington, added he has had 13 operations including the rebreaking of his leg to help re-lengthen the limb and if his injuries fail to heal he faces amputation.

Prosecuting solicitor Sarah Haslam said: “He saw the defendant’s vehicle driving from Eckington round a slight bend and it appeared to be out of control and was over-steering. The vehicle collided into him as he tried to jump over a wall and it struck his right leg which became trapped between the wall and the car.”

Mr Stirland, who is currently wheelchair-bound, has since been diagnosed with depression and because he has not been able to work his employer, the Highways Agency, has terminated his contract.

Miss Eaton, who works for the charity Shelter, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention after the collision on December 1, 2013.

Defence solicitor David Horne said: “Miss Eaton is absolutely devastated at the consequences of her actions.”

He added the collision had happened as a result of Miss Eaton’s loss of control and her mishandling of the vehicle. Her mother also stated Miss Eaton is a kind and caring person who is “very, very sorry” for what happened. District Judge Andrew Davison fined Eaton £320 and ordered her to retake a driving test before she be allowed to drive again. She must also pay a £32 victim surcharge and £150 costs. Her licence was endorsed with six points. Mr Stirland is also pursuing a civil action.